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  • Thursday, February 02, 2017 2:34 PM | Anonymous

    Embracing the Ambiguities  – designed for public and non-public ESSA funding administrators

    hosted by ISBE, April 5th in Champaign, registration open- FREE registration

     You can register at: http://webapps.isbe.net/ISBEConference/ by clicking the “Sign Up” button to the right of Embracing the Ambiguities conference.  After you get to the registration form, be sure to click on the correct radio button just above where you type in your name.  Those radio buttons ensure you get to the right drop down lists.

  • Thursday, February 02, 2017 2:32 PM | Anonymous

    SB 550 – A SYNOPSIS OF KEY SECTIONS OF THE BILL 

    [The full text of SB 550 can be found in the link just below]

    http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/99/SB/PDF/09900SB0550lv.pdf


    SB 550 requires that public and nonpublic school buildings constructed on or before January 1, 2000 and occupied by more than 10 children or students, pre-kindergarten through grade 5 shall test each source of potable water for lead contamination.  Potable water is non-bottled water that may be ingested by children or used for food preparation that exits any tap, faucet, drinking fountain, wash basin in a classroom occupied by children or students under grade 1 [but does not include bathroom sinks and wash basins used by janitorial staff].


    Each school administrator shall cause to have collected a first-draw 250 milliliter sample of water, flush for 30 seconds, and collect a second-draw 250 milliliter sample from each source of potable water in the building. There are more instructions of drawing in this protocol.  Both samples are to be submitted to an accredited laboratory for analysis for lead.


    NOTE:  I was informed that the link below, given to me by the president of an Illinois water system association, is a list of accredited testing laboratories.

    http://www.epa.illinois.gov/Assets/iepa/certification-training/labs/accredited-labs-condensed.pdf


    If any of the samples exceed 5 parts per billion, the school administrator shall notify the parents or legal guardians via written or electronic communication of all enrolled students.  If any of the samples are at or below 5 parts per billion, notification may be made by posting on the school’s website.


    For school buildings constructed prior to January 1, 1987, the sampling and analysis must be completed by December 31, 2017; and for school buildings constructed between January 2, 1987 and January 1, 2000, the sampling and analysis must be completed by December 31, 2018.   The written sampling results shall be sent to the Dept. of Public Health within 7 business days of receipt of the results.


    A waiver of these requirements for collection and analysis can be sought if tests results were obtained prior to the effective date of this bill, but after January 1, 2013.


    The Department of Public Health shall post on its website within 90 days of the effective date of this bill [the date the governor signs the bill] guidance on mitigation actions for lead in drinking water.  THERE IS NO MANDATORY MITIGATION REQUIRED IN THE BILL.  The feeling at this point is that notifying the parents will be sufficient to get a school to do proper mitigation.


    All costs for the testing and analysis are to be the responsibility of the nonpublic schools while the public schools can use the Life Safety Funds, and Tort Immunity Funds.


    The limitation of a school building having an occupancy of more than 10 children or students was a concession to see that private home-based schools are exempt.


    As it relates to day care centers, day care homes, and group day care homes constructed on or before January 1, 2000 that serves children under age 6, the Dept. of Children and Family Services in consultation with the Dept. of Public Health shall prescribe rules for lead testing of water on or before January 1, 2018.


  • Monday, November 28, 2016 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    This was just issued by CAPE re: ESSA

    Final Regulations on State Plans

    The U.S. Department of Education today released final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  

    CAPE had an interest in these regulations, expressed in the attached letter dated June, 21, 2016.  I am happy to report that the changes we requested were implemented in Sections 299.14(c)(4) and 299.15(a)(13).  The first requires state plans to include an assurance of compliance with provisions relating to the participation of private school students and teachers, and the second identifies representatives of private school students among the stakeholder groups with whom a state education agency (SEA) is expected to consult.

    If you really want to get into the weeds on this, you can discover details about how these private school issues were considered during the regulatory feedback process by searching for “private school” in the document.

    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essaaccountstplans1129.pdf

    Regards.

    Joe

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    Joe McTighe

    Executive Director

    Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

  • Monday, August 01, 2016 3:44 PM | Anonymous


    The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Many of you may have heard of the new law: The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act or GATA. The purpose of GATA is to increase accountability and transparency in the use of public funds while also reducing the administrative burden on both state agencies and grantees. The process costs nothing and hopefully will not prove to be overly burdensome. This law does apply to Catholic and other nonpublic schools who are direct grantees of an award from ISBE or another government agency; for example, any school participating in Preschool for All or the National School Lunch Program. Receiving services through Title grants from your local school district does not classify a Catholic school as a grantee and does not require participation in GATA. 

    If your schools is a direct grantee, the following is meant to guide you through the process: How to Comply with the Grant Accountability &amp; Transparency Act Each direct grantee must complete the following: 1. Registration – Complete on the GATA website at: www.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Grantee/Pages/default.aspx To be qualified (and to register on the above site) for a fiscal year 2017 grant award, each grantee must:  have a current DUNS number, (click here to view instructions on obtaining a DUNS number);  have a current SAM CAGE Code, (click here to view instructions on obtaining a SAM Cage Code);  not be on the Federal Excluded Parties List, (click here to verify utilizing the Quick Search). 2. Fiscal Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ) - After completion of the registration process, an automated email will provide a link to access the grantee’s State of Illinois ICQ form, which must be completed and submitted. 3. Program Risk Assessment – Access this assessment via the IWAS login portal and choose the GATA Risk Assessment System. A DISTRICT ADMIN-level user must submit the GATA Risk Assessment. Technical assistance regarding system access steps can be directed to the ISBE Help Desk at (217) 558-3600. These three steps – grantee registration and submission of the ICQ and Program Risk Assessment – are required to be completed one time by each grantee and are good for one year.

    You Can Check Your School’s GATA Status. A new grantee status report has been created and can be accessed here by clicking on the “GATA Grantee Status Report” under the “Prequalification and Registration Status” tab. Please reference this link to assess your school’s completion of the GATA requirements needed for fiscal year 2017 grant execution. ISBE will update this frequently, so please refer back to this report for the latest information. 

     The following data elements in the GATA Grantee Status report tell you where you are in the process: 1. RCDT – Region-County- District-Type Code for each ISBE grantee. 2. Local Education Agency Name – Generic label to describe each ISBE grantee. 3. DUNS Number Used for Grantee Registration – This is the nine-digit Data Universal Numbering System number entered by the grantee at GATA registration. 4. Grantee Registration – Overall status of registration. If status is not indicated as “Complete,” refer to the adjoining columns to remedy registration issues. 5. Illinois Secretary of State Standing – If status indicates “Not Applicable,” no further action is necessary. For status indicating “Unknown,” ISBE will notify you of appropriate action (if applicable). 6. SAM.gov Account Status – If status is “Expired” or blank, please refer to the guidance for activating or creating a SAM.gov account provided at http://www.isbe.net/GATA/default.htm under the Prequalification and Registration Status heading. 7. Fiscal Internal Control Questionnaire – If blank, please complete Grantee Registration. If status indicates “Unsubmitted,” please complete and submit the ICQ. 8. Program Risk Assessment – If status indicates “Not Started” or “Started,” please complete and submit via IWAS to ISBE. Assistance Needed? This process is brand new and will surely contain bugs. The first year will require patience and perhaps revision of this guidance. Still, ISBE is encouraging all grantees to complete the process as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Zach the GATA help email, GATA@isbe.net; or the ISBE Help Desk at 217-558- 3600. * If the hyperlinks above are not working go to http://www.isbe.net/GATA/default.htm and click on the “Prequalification Requirement” header for active links on qualifying and the GATA Grantee Status Report.


  • Thursday, December 10, 2015 9:37 AM | Anonymous
    Source: Counsel for American Private Education, Dec. 10, 2015


    President Barack Obama this morning will sign bipartisan, bicameral legislation to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's most far-reaching education law.  The signing ceremony is scheduled for 11:05 AM EST at the White House.

    Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted 85-12 to approve the legislation, and last week the House of Representatives passed the measure 359-64.

    Named the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new law includes numerous provisions championed by the CAPE community to improve equitable services to private school students and teachers.

    When ESEA was first enacted in the mid-1960s, Congress determined that federal education aid should be directed in an equitable way toward helping all children in need, regardless of the type of school they attend. That principle of equitable services governed the implementation of ESEA from 1965 until its most recent iteration, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), when certain funding formulas and set-asides began to erode equity. The new ESSA corrects those inequities and improves the protection of services for private school children.

    For example, under Title I, which provides assistance to school districts to help high-need students do well in school, a school district will now have to calculate funds for services to private school students based on its total Title I allocation, without excluding certain expenditures for other purposes, which it was allowed to do under previous law.

    Similarly, under Title II-A, designed to ensure high-quality teaches, a district will have to set aside a proportionate share of funds for services to teachers in private schools based on its total Title II-A allocation and not just on the funds it chooses to earmark for professional development, which it could do before now.

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:49 AM | Anonymous
    Excerpt from Public Act 099-0249 enacted August 3, 2015: Children of parents or legal guardians who object to health, dental, or eye examinations or any part thereof, or to immunizations or to vision and hearing screening tests on religious grounds shall not be required to undergo the examinations or immunizations if the parents or legal guardians present to the appropriate local school authority a signed Certificate of Religious Exemption detailing the grounds for objection and the specific immunizations and/or examinations to which they object. The grounds for objection must set forth the specific religious belief(s) that conflict with the examination, immunization, or other medical intervention. The certificate will be signed by the parent or legal guardian to confirm their awareness of the school’s exclusion policies in the case of a vaccine preventable disease outbreak or exposure. The certificate must also be signed by the child’s health care provider responsible for performing the child’s examination for entry into kindergarten, sixth or ninth grade. This signature affirms that the provider educated the parent or legal guardian about the benefits of immunization and the health risks to the student and to the community from the communicable diseases for which immunization is required in Illinois. The religious objection provided need not be directed by the tenets of an established religious organization. However, general philosophical or moral reluctance to allow physical examinations, eye examinations, immunizations, vision and hearing screening or dental examinations will not provide a sufficient basis for an exception to statutory requirements. The local school authority is responsible for determining if the content of the Certificate of Religious Exemption constitutes a valid religious objection. The local school authority shall inform the parent or legal guardian of exclusion procedures in accordance with IDPH’s rules, Control of Communicable Diseases Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 690) at the time the objection is presented.

    http://www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immun-exam-gdlns-religious-exempt.pdf


  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Read the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) update to the Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary School Recognition Program.  One change, as described in the Illinois School Code, (105 ILCS 5/2-3.25o) is the requirement of proof of not for profit status of the school.  ISBE now appears to be implementing that requirement in the 2014-15 school year.

    For complete details, see http://www.isbe.net/grants/html/np_recognition.htm.

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 6:26 AM | Anonymous
    HB 5892 -- Rep. Michelle Mussman -- Senator Andy Manar. Public Act - 98-0795


    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the School Code. Provides for the administration of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors by a pupil, school nurse, and trained personnel. Limits liability for the administration of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors by a school nurse or trained personnel. Requires a school to permit the self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication by a pupil with asthma. Provides that prior to the administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, trained personnel must submit to his or her school's administration proof of completion of a training curriculum to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis. Requires training to be completed annually and sets forth training curriculum guidelines. Provides that within 3 days of the administration of epinephrine by a school nurse, trained personnel, or a student at a school or school-sponsored activity, the school must report to the Board certain information, which the Board will then use in its report to the General Assembly identifying the frequency and circumstances of epinephrine administration during the preceding academic year. Effective August 1, 2014.


    House Amendment #1
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill with changes. Restores current law with respect to provisions that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may authorize the provision of an epinephrine auto-injector to a student that meets the student's prescription on file. Exempts from liability or professional discipline the school district, public school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents from any injury arising from the self-administration of asthma medication, the self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, or the use of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector. Provides that upon any administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, a school district, public school, or nonpublic school must immediately activate the EMS system and notify the student's parent, guardian, or emergency contact, if known. Provides that any supply of epinephrine auto-injectors shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Provides that within 24 hours of the administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, a school district, public school, or nonpublic school must notify the physician, physician assistant, or advance practice nurse who provided the standing order or prescription for the undesignated epinephrine auto-injector of its use. Further provides that trained personnel must also submit to his or her school's administration proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator certification. Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may not use the administration of medications by volunteers to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district. Makes other changes. Effective August 1, 2014.


    House Amendment #3
    Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may authorize the provision of a student-specific or undesignated epinephrine auto-injector to a student or authorized personnel under a student's Individual Health Care Action Plan, Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan or Treatment Authorization Form, or other plan under federal law. Requires the school district, public school, or nonpublic school to inform the parents or guardians of the pupil that the school district, public school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents, including a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse providing standing protocol, are exempt from liability or professional discipline from any injury arising from the administration (rather than self-administration) of asthma medication or an epinephrine auto-injector. Provides that a physician, a physician assistant who has been delegated prescriptive authority for asthma medication or epinephrine (rather than just prescriptive authority), or an advanced practice nurse who has been delegated prescriptive authority for asthma medication or epinephrine (rather than just prescriptive authority) may prescribe undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors. Provides that the school district, public school, or nonpublic school must maintain records related to the training curriculum and trained personnel. Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school is encouraged not to use the administration of emergency medications to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district. Defines "standing protocol". Makes other changes.


    House Amendment #4
    Deletes a provision that provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school is encouraged not to use the administration of emergency medications to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district.


  • Wednesday, July 09, 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The information below is a republication from the ExceleRate Illinois website as of 7/9/2014. (Source: http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/resources/accreditation)

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    The links below outline the details regarding alignment of ExceleRate Illinois standards with national accreditations. In the summer of 2013, the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) invited all national accrediting bodies to have their accreditation cross-walked with the ExceleRate Illinois standards. If your accrediting body is not listed below, encourage them to contact the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development to engage in this process. If your program is accredited by one of these accrediting bodies, you are able to use your accreditation to show evidence for many of the ExceleRate Illinois standards. Please review the crosswalk summary for details and the additional requirements for alignment with ExceleRate Illinois.

    American Montessori Society (AMS) Accreditation

    Council on Accreditation (COA)

    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation

    National Accreditation Commission (NAC) Accreditation

    Once you have reviewed the crosswalk, use the additional Standard and Evidence Requirements to find what pieces will need to be met beyond your accreditation.

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